A winner of multiple prizes in South Africa, it is set in the 1790s and 1800s, and narrated by its larger-than-life antihero Coenraad de Buys... Sprawling and overwrought, epic in its ambitions and, at times, in its achievements, Red Dog is difficult for those unfamiliar with Afrikaans history, but there is no mistaking its energy and imagination.
The Book of Science and Antiquities
"It would be a crime to give away anything more, but the end of this beautiful novel made me cry. Jones writes with intelligence and a lively wit, but there’s more — a warmth that forces you to care about these people as if you had met them...."
— The Times
3 out of 5
Anker writes like a talented demon. Here’s a scene in a rural village before a fight between dogs and a hyena: “The hyena is calm, used to people. It’s also been here before. The men howl at the moon like ruttish backyard curs. The wind is keen and bleak; the only cloud in the sky is covering the moon’s shame.”